Disabled activists have welcomed the decision of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner not to seek a second four-year term. The decision of Lord [Chris] Holmes was only revealed after the Department for Education (DfE), the sponsor department of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), advertised for “one or more” new commissioners. The advert
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Levels of disability hate crime in England and Wales have fallen in the years between 2007 and 2014, figures contained in a new report by the equality watchdog suggest. The publication is the latest in a series of follow-up reports carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the wake of
The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments. David Isaac took up the post of chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Disabled campaigners are calling for the resignation of the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, the disabled Tory peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, after he voted in favour of disability benefit cuts when they had been condemned by his own organisation. The letter to Lord Holmes (pictured) at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been
The equality watchdog is set to make nearly 30 members of staff redundant, in what critics say is a blow to its efforts to enforce equality laws and hold the government to account over its record on disability discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) told staff on Tuesday this week (19 April)
The equality watchdog is facing concerns over links between the government and two of its leading figures as it prepares to investigate whether Tory welfare reforms have breached the human rights of disabled people. Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was to examine the impact
The equality watchdog is to commission a major piece of research into whether the government’s welfare reforms have harmed the human rights of disabled people and other minority groups. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says it wants to examine the impact of changes to the welfare system on independent living and poverty.
Disabled people’s rights have gone backwards over the last five years, according to a major review of equality and human rights in Britain. Following its five-yearly review of progress on social justice, the equality watchdog called on the government to pay “urgent attention” to areas where disabled people’s rights have regressed. The Equality and
A report by Britain’s four equality watchdogs has posed questions that could expose gaping holes in the UK government’s compliance with the UN disability convention. The report has been broadly welcomed by disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), but they have also criticised the failure to publicise the document, or to involve DPOs in its preparation.